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Trump says people of faith achieved the 'abolition of civil rights' at the National Prayer Breakfast

At the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Donald Trump accidentally delivered one of the most unfortunate botched lines imaginable while praising the contributions of religion to American history.

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America has desegregated in name only

It’s a little-acknowledged reality that housing markets distribute more than mere dwellings. That’s because people’s place in the social order is intimately related to their geographic location generally, and where they live specifically.

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Trump Was 'Pandering to Racist Yahoos': Conservative Writer Explains Why He Changed His Mind and Now Supports NFL Protests

Max Boot, a conservative writer and frequent critic of President Donald Trump, revealed Monday that he's changed his mind on one of the president's pet issues: NFL players protesting during the national anthem.

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RESPECT: Here Are 5 of Aretha Franklin’s Most Important Contributions to Civil Rights

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at the age of 76. Franklin, who had suffered from pancreatic cancer and other severe health problems, was among the most iconic and influential R&B singers of all time—and during the final days of her life, she was visited by R&B legend Stevie Wonder as well as veteran civil rights activist, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Many of Franklin’s hits, from “Chain of Fools” in 1967 to “Think” in 1968 to “Day Dreaming” in 1972, are staples of classic soul. Franklin’s contributions, however, were not only musical, but also, political—and she was an important figure in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and 1970s.
Here are five of the Queen of Soul’s most important contributions to civil rights and politics in the United States.

1. “Respect” Became a Civil Rights Anthem

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Here's How to Win the Civil Rights Social Justice War

Netroots Nation 2018 was a chance to meet a lot of good people, eat a lot of good food—but also to get a lot of work done, following up directly on my last Sunday essay arguing that we are still in the midst of an ongoing Civil Rights Social Justice War with the powers of White Male Nationalist Neo-Christian/Corporate Supremacy that has waxed and waned since nearly 100 years before the pen met paper on the Declaration of Independence.

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'A Gaping Wound in the Nation’s Psyche': Civil Rights Advocate Calls for Reopening the Michael Brown Shooting Case

Black Lives Matter grew out of the tumult and outrage in Ferguson, Missouri, after the 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by the police officer Darren Wilson. An investigation into the killing never led to any charges, even as rampant racist abuse was discovered to be endemic in the local police force.

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These 11 Representatives from Civil Rights Organizations Are Now Calling for Pro-Trump California Deputy DA to Be Fired

In San Bernardino County, California east of Los Angeles, Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem—an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump—has been under paid suspension for racist and misogynist posts attacking African-Americans and Latinos. And the pressure was turned up this week when, on July 25, 11 representatives of civil rights organizations sent a joint letter to Bernardino County DA Mike Ramos calling for Selyem to be fired.

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Here’s How California’s Attorney General Is Leading a ‘Nationwide Resistance to Trump’ on Civil Rights, Health Care - And Russia

With the Republican Party controlling the White House and both houses of Congress, the GOP has been exerting near-total control of public policy in Washington, DC. The courts, however, have provided a far more competitive playing field for Democrats seeking to resist the administration.

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CNN Guest Explains Why People Calling for 'Civility' Need to 'Check Their Privilege'

As CNN continued Monday to discuss the debates around "civility" sparked by a local restaurant's refusal serve White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, former Bernie Sanders spokeswoman Symone Sanders explained why the whole discussion is misguided.

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DeVos Dumps More Than 1,200 Civil Rights Probes Inherited from Obama

Whether schoolchildren in DeSoto County, Mississippi, are paddled varies by their race. Black students are almost two and a half times more likely than whites to endure the corporal punishment permitted under school district policyfor skipping class, insubordination, repeated tardiness, flagrant dress code violations, or other misbehavior: up to three “licks per incident on the buttocks with an appropriate instrument approved by the principal.”

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